AgaAga

Aga is a relentless entrepreneur, a passionate foodie and a fitness freak. A business mind behind Niwa, she dreams about building business which can truly make a shift in how we see personal food production, inspire and empower other to grow their own food.

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Get your energy levels up with these 7 super foods

These days our lives are hectic, with work and family. It’s hard to eat healthy. It can also be expensive. Quick and easy is the norm. Unfortunately, quick and easy is often unhealthy and leaves you and your family sluggish and out of sorts. What if you could easily add delicious, healthy food to your family’s diet will also provide protection for various diseases. It has been shown that the food we eat can influence your health and have key roles in raising or lowering the risk of disease. There are many low cost foods with healthy medicinal qualities you
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10 surprising ways plants makes you happier, healthier and smarter!

Many of us have dabbled with gardening in the past, and whether we grow pretty flowering plants, fruits and vegetables, tall trees, or cute bonsais, there’s something we can all agree on – gardening is a hobby. It’s a leisure activity, it’s a way of passing time, it’s a fun way to spend a sunny day with the kids, and some may even argue that it’s a bit trivial…. or is it? Some researchers are claiming that gardening can be much, much more than just a hobby, and that honing those green-finger skills could actually have many benefits – including
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Future of food: Crickets, Hydroponics and more (a video!)

Recently we had been invited to speak at the panel at Expand: a big event organised by Engadget in New York. Topic? The Future of Food! It has been an incredible experience and we wanted to share with you a video from the event. We shared a panel with a company called Exo. Led by Greg Sewitz, Exo is working on protein bars made out of crickets. Its been a great chat about problems faced by our current food system, alternative food sources and the importance of local food production. We had a good laugh too! You can read up on a
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Niwa rocking the Pioneers Festival in Vienna

A few weeks ago we had a tremendous pleasure to be chosen from thousands of startups to pitch at the Pioneers Festival in Vienna as a Top 50 startups. First we took part in a mentors day which involved presentations and pitch practice and then attended an investor day where we had an opportunity to pitch to over 300 investors and journalists.  It was an incredible experience and enable us to make critical connections both with investors, potential partners and media. And.. Also, Niwa was featured as one of the most disruptive Ag Tech startups in the world at the
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Meet our new rockstars: Neil and Paul

As you know during last few weeks we have been looking for rockstar engineers and designers to join our team.  After interviewing a tonne of people we finally picked two very talented individuals. It is my pleasure to introduce you to Neil and Paul. But I will let them speak for themselves: Hey everyone!  I’m Neil and I’m going to be refining the user experience for Niwa! We want every aspect of Niwa – from the app, to the products, the online experience and more to absolutely delight users, regardless of what they engage with first. I genuinely could not
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Is the Future of Food Growing in Your Smartphone?

We have been asked to join conversations on WIRED Innovative Insights and add to a discussion of the future of food. Here is the article I have written and which has been originally posted on WIRED Innovative Insights here. Enjoy   Is the Future of Food Growing in Your Smartphone? Once upon a time society spent a huge amount of its time living and working on farms and caring for the land. As we’ve moved into urban centers, most of us have become completely disconnect from our food, knowing little about where it comes from or how it’s grown. The
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Consider yourself part of our team! Lets do it!

I cant’ believe we did this!       Wow! We did it! Because of YOU, Niwa will become a reality. We cannot thank you enough! You are the pioneer which will help bring the innovative solutions to our homes and be a part of the revolution towards hyper -local personal food production. Excited? We are! Consider yourself part of our team! Through the next several months we want to hear your feedback, thoughts, comments. Got a great idea? Want to see something specific in Niwa? Let us know! We are already hard at work to bring Niwa to you
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Last 24h left to snag Niwa!

  Just a quick message that this is a last chance to get your hands on Niwa, support our project and have a direct input in the creation of this beautiful device. . After we close the Kickstarter campaign the price will increase to a regular retail price.  Its has been a ride. One last time I would like to ask you to 1. Back us up here: If you haven’t yet, whether its $5 or a full fledge Niwa – every little bit counts. 2. Help spread the message one last time! Use this link to share the good news with
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Read full interview with Aga and Javier on e27

We loved the opportunity to talk about Niwa to Shiwen Yap – a journalist at e27.  Thank you Shiwen! Here is an in depth interview: Enjoy it!  
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Uh Ah! What others say about Niwa!

We have been getting so much coverage! Its unreal! Thank you so much everybody. Over 100 publications decided to share the news of us launching. Here are some of them and what they say.
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WE DID IT!!! $120k for niwa!

    Few days ago we were watching the numbers going up soon hitting our campaign goal. We raised over 100k in 15 days and it keeps on going. Wow… We can`t thank you enough for the support, sharing and spreading the word. We are honoured to have such an incredible community of change makers behind us. That`s just a beginning… We reached our goal but raising more means that we can create even better product, faster and execute on the vision of bringing personal food production to live as soon as possible. We have 10 days left, and we
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Maker Fair Madness!

We have spent last two days at the incredible Maker Fair! It has been an honour to be able to showcase Niwa among so many other cool projects. We loved people, we loved the sun and the creative atmosphere. Check out pictures below. Note that we were showing a small Niwa only. Our standard one is way bigger  
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Over Half Way There!

What a week! With almost 300 of you supporting Niwa, we raised almost $70k in 9 days, had 2000+ Facebook shares, there are over 60 media outlets are talking about us, and we were staff picked by Kickstarter! Woohooo!     Today we made a special video to thank everyone. Click here to watch: http://bit.ly/niwathank Aga, Javier and Niwa Team PS. We are very close to making the world`s first smartphone controlled growing system a reality! Help bring Niwa to live by: 1. Backing us – Every little bit counts 2. Sharing with your friends and family. Use this text to share
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Haxlr8tr Demo Day

We have been waiting for this moment for a long time. Last 4 months in China led to this moment. We were nervous and excited. We worked really hard and it was a time to show how far we have come.     You can watch us pitching as well as 9 other startups right here.We start pitching in minute 44:) Enjoy.
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See who come to say hi on the Maker Faire!

We have had an opportunity to pitch Niwa to Larry Page! What an honour!  
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Give Your Green Thumb A Boost – Niwa on FastCoExist

Co.Exist is a place for world changing ideas and innovation and we had an honour to be featured among one of the most innovative ideas in the world. Read a full coverage here
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We are live on Kickstarter!

Today marks a big day for us. We’re unveiling amazingly beautiful and revolutionary product that can truly make a difference in our lives. With your support we can bring it to life. The world`s first smart growing system, is now available for pre-orders through Kickstarter.   —>>> Check it out here http://bit.ly/niwakickstarter   Help us make it a reality and bring it to your hands: Back our campaign: Get Niwa at the fraction of the retail price. We have super early bird prices limited to 30 so be quick. If you are not after full fledged system we have lower
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It’s tomorrow!

We can`t thank you enough for joining us on a journey to create something remarkable. The time has come! Tomorrow on 12th of May we will be unveiling amazingly beautiful product niwa to the world with hope to bring it to life with your help. For the first time it will be available for pre-orders on Kickstarter – a website where friends, family and people all over the world can help support our project by pre-ordering niwa, sharing our message and cheering up for us. Tomorrow we will need your support more than ever. As soon as we launch you
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The bits and chips behind Niwa

Many of you were asking what is the technology behind Niwa, so we decided to write a blog post and explain exactly how Niwa actually does its magic.   The product you see now is the culmination of a two year long journey of constant iterations, improvements, multiple prototypes, many failed attempts, search for the components, the right suppliers, but all the more, an ongoing work with agricultural experts. Lets talk about the bits and chips behind Niwa. Meet Niwa – and its brain of an experienced farmer As you know Niwa, is a combination of hardware and a software
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Behind Scenes of shooting the Kickstarer video

Hello Everybody! We had tonnes of fun filming our Kickstarer video over last few days and just wanted to share with you some of the pictures we managed to take. Tomorrow the last part of the shooting and more product pictures in action! Keep an eye on them!    
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So what is hydroponics? – Infographic

Explore more visuals like this one on the web’s largest information design community – Visually.
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Increase your crop performance with a smart feedback loop!

  If you’ve ever tried to grow anything, you’ll know that it’s really not that straightforward. I’m notorious for being ‘the serial plant killer’ amongst my friends after been trusted to look after their plants whilst on holiday, and having to repeatedly, upon their return, announce their plant is all well and good….in plant heaven! With my own plants occupying half of plant heaven (R.I.P little ones, I tried), I just couldn’t figure out what I was doing wrong! Your plant died too? You are not alone!   My comfort is knowing that I’m not alone in this; you’d be
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Revealing our new look. Meet niwa

We`ve been hard at work to develop a solution which would make growing your own food fun, easy and interactive and enable you and your family to enjoy the healthiest and freshest food grown right in your city apartment. And we are super excited to share with you the new look, new brand and our first product. Here is our new website which we think you will love. Click HERE to check our new site!   Let`s share the love of home grown food.  
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Our first prototype its on its way!

Its done. We have signed a contract with the factory to build our first prototype. We have come a long way since having our first ever prototype in plea wood.  The initial design went through tonnes of iterations during our journey in Hax. We worked with agricultural experts to work out the size to fit different types of plants,  product designers to make sure that it will nicely fit in most of the living rooms and industrial designers to prepare the product for production.   The most challenging part about the product like that is trying to meet different types
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Beyond growing. We are changing…

In next few days you will see us transforming Growot into a totally new brand Niwa. Tonnes of work went into it and we are finally ready to reveal it. Lots of people asked why are we changing. A we were in Hax8lrtr we evolved, our product evolved and our vision of the world we want to see evolved together with us. Beyond growing We talked to many of you and realized that there is more to gardening than just growing food. That the emotions it brings with it its something much deeper and reaches all the way to the
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Inside Chinese Factories

Hey Urban Gardeners! It`s been an exciting few weeks, but this week was truly a blast. This is what we have been waiting for a long time and one of the biggest reasons we have come to China- to see how things are being made here and make our own. Finding the right factory and the right manufacturing partner is critical to bringing a product with a high quality at the right price and one of the biggest challenges in the manufacturing process. It`s also something we take very seriously as our mission is to deliver something you and us
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Beyond Growing Boxes: The Real Reason Why We Have Set Up Growot

From outside it might look like we are just building a box where you can grow stuff. But in reality what drive us is the vision of future and the impact the technology we are developing can have on our lives. Our food travels on average 2000km before it will get to the final consumer. The prices increase, the freshness decrease, and  the environmental impact is magnified. Not even mentioning health risk carried with chemicals and pesticides. But what is more sad is how far away we fell from knowing where our food comes from. Movements like urban farming are
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Hardware boot camp from halfway around the world. Welcome to Hax!

Hello From Shenzhen, China! It`s been exactly a week since we have arrived in the very industrial and crazy growing city of Shenzhen. And we want to share with you our first impressions and adventures as well as plants for next 111 days towards the Kick-starter campaign. We have made it! After a crazy 24h flight we finally arrived in Shenzhen. We were welcomed by a camera crew from Chinese TV which is doing a documentary on our startup ! Not in the best shape to be filmed though we had lots of fun being followed by camera. Our camera
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We had to keep it confidential until now!

We have been quiet for a while but we were hard at work and preparing for something which is to become a big milestone in Growot`s history. Growot has been chosen to be a part of one of the most prominent hardware startup accelerators in the world: Haxlr8r The program involves spending 3 intensive months in China right next to manufacturing centres, factories and biggest electronic markets and offers incredible help needed to build the smartest and most beautiful indoor gardening solution. We are honoured to have you as a part of this journey and want to thank each one
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